Those of us who write plays tend to see dramatic irony, character development, and scene work itself in our everyday world. It’s how we structure our writing to turn out dramas that people (hopefully) want to come to see. Great events shake us with their theatricality. Not only playwrights but also poets, novelists, and historians are still dredging material from great Wars.
However for the most part dramas are idealized tellings of life. Most people don’t wait for their lover to arrive before they perish as in CAMILLE so that recriminations can be silenced. Most people don’t opine about existence to an audience of courtiers as in HAMLET, Very few find a lost letter or love. It is how we wish life would be when explanations or revenge were possible. Don’t ever call playwrights cynical! We long for stories, acts and endings that tie up those loose strings of emotion.
I love a world in theatre that puts parentheses around a story so it stops. Life just goes on and on giving us those dramatic clues to what could be a perfect ending….and isn’t.